Hi, friends. I'm a long-time member of WUS, but don't get over to this area much. My dad gave me his Omega Seamaster DeVille last Christmas. My mom gave it to him for their wedding in 1973, so I assume it was purchased new around that time.
Since the crown had been lost, and my dad hadn't worn it since I was a kid, I was sure it was time for a service. I took the watch to an independent vintage watch dealer for servicing in June. When I dropped it off, I remember the owner saying the new crown would be an Omega crown. However, when I got it back, the one they installed is unsigned. Did Omega make signed and unsigned crowns for Seamasters from this era? Can anyone tell me if this crown is aftermarket or not?
My bigger question is about the crown operation. It pulls out to 2 positions like I am used to with date complications. However, the crown disengages when in the third position (fully extended) and does nothing. The time and date can only be set in the second position in one direction (second hand doesn't hack and date is not quickset?), and turning the crown in the opposite direction feels like it is reversing the movement (bad idea!). The movement hand winds normally in the first position (fully depressed).
This may be just my inexperience with a watch of this vintage. And once I set the time and date (finally), it seems to be running fine (though it loses a couple seconds ever few hours).
Are these things normal for a 40 year old watch even after servicing? The final problem is a nick in the new crystal by the 8 marker. I have emailed and texted the shop owner, but have received no reply (also disturbing).
I would appreciate your thoughts. It really is a beautiful watch.